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Buell last won the day on May 15

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About Buell

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    Oregon with CA winters
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Mt June
  • Occupation?
    design and build things outside
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    158 Kessler BX
    157 Amplid Surfari
    158 Amplid Milligram Splitboard
    157 Amplid Millisurf Splitboard
    156 Amplid PillowTalk
  • Current Boots Used?
    Burton Driver X
    Atomic Backland Ultimate splitboard boots
    TLT6 modified splitboard boots
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    Burton Genesis
    Phantom Splitboard Bindings
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  • Hardbooting since

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  1. Beautiful shot! Sweet frontside cutback! Wait, or is it a backside turn?
  2. I should add that I don't really care what someone calls a turn on a snowboard. I use toeside/heelside, but it's not like frontside/backside is confusing. My only point is that they are not interchangeable with the surfing terms of frontside/backside. Yes slapo, it is a very cool pic!
  3. When snowboarding meets surfing (on the best bank / snow conditions I have ever found). To use surfing terminology, here are two frontside turns. One is a frontside bottom turn and the other is a frontside top turn. In snowboarding terms the first one is a toeside and the second on is a heelside. If the terms, frontside/backside from surfing were applied to this sequence the way they are being used to describe snowboard turns of heelside/toeside then these two turns would be called frontside and backside which is incorrect from a surfing perspective. Terminology aside, I consider this an epic frontside wave bottom turn and off the top!
  4. In surfing, the rider is going down the line (not down the fall line) and is either frontside or backside. While going frontside or backside the surfer will make turns that are essentially what a snowboarder might call toeside and heelside. Surfers call them top turns and bottom turns and since the turns are happening at the top and bottom of the wave, those terms work well for surfing. Frontside/backside are not descriptions of a specific turn on a wave, they are descriptions of which way a surfer is going on a wave related to which foot they have forward. Typically a snowboarder is going down the fall line. It is not the same orientation as going down the line in surfing. It doesn't make sense to use the terms frontside turn or backside turn because alternating turns would be frontside/backside/frontside/backside....down the fall line. The snowboarder turns going down the slope are the surfing equivalent of top turn/bottom turn, not frontside/backside. But top turn/bottom turn makes no sense when going down the fall line on a snowboard. That is why snowboarders use the terms heelside turn/toeside turn. Those terms make sense for snowboarding and that is probably why, even though plenty of surfers also snowboard, heelside/toeside are pretty much universally (at least everywhere I have been in the US) used for snowboarding. Now if a snowboarder finds a nice bank that is frontside or backside and the snowboarder gets to make top turns and bottom turns, the surfing terms make sense and are often used along with hoots of joy! In my avatar, if I was surfing, that turn could be the beginning of a frontside bottom turn or the end of a backside top turn. It is not necessarily a frontside turn. In snowboarding it is simply a toeside turn.
  5. I could immediately carve tighter and better in hardboots than softboots and my softboot carving improved once I had ridden hardboots a couple of times. It might have just been my focus on studying technique before I stepped on hardboots improved my carving overall. I started on hardboots trying to ride shoulders perpendicular to the board. That made an awkward softboot technique. Fortunately I quickly switched to shoulders perpendicular to my binding angles for both hard and softboots. Oh, the burning quads of those first few days!
  6. I have seen medium F2s listed as 21.5 - 27.5 and 24.5 to 27.5. Not sure which size range is most prevalent, but I think it is the 21.5-27.5. Medium F2s fit my wife's Deeluxe 22m and Head Stratos Pro 22.5 just fine.
  7. That's funny, I know BGnight. We have had some great days together in the backcountry. He seems to enjoy stirring things up online. Quite a bit different in person and a very good rider! Dan, (I assume you are dan_pdx) nice work with the reply! BGnight way above Mono Lake (not that anyone cares, but I still love this photo)
  8. What you describe is losing control of your speed. It happens sometimes. The better you get, the less it happens. The easier runs you ride, the less it happens. You could always follow the example of the young softboot carvers who get going too fast after two carves. Hammer a big groomer powder slash to throw a bunch of snow and make you skid look cool. Losing control of your speed is completely different than being able to still make a hard, speed control carved turn after picking up speed making more open turns. In that case, open turns are just another option for playing on the terrain!
  9. I also think this is a bigger issue now. Yes, you can carve harder and steeper with hardboots, but with the popularity of making carved turns by the general softboot community and the improvements and versatility of softboot gear, hardboot gear is less necessary.
  10. Nothing prevented me from carving. Near the end of my first year I figured there had to be more so I googled "snowboard carve" and ended up at the Extreme Carve website. Then I found BOL. I had boots, bindings, multiple used boards and had made my first hard boot turns before the end of my first season. If you want to hard boot, thanks to the internet, it is not that difficult to accomplish with a little initiative.
  11. Buell


    Sorry to miss you this year! We just got back to Oregon.
  12. Regarding bindings, it is more than lateral flex that is important. That is one of the short comings of the SWs. You want some flex around the entire circle. I expect the most flex should be in the lateral direction decreasing as you travel around to the least flex in the toe / heel direction. The rate of change in the flex should be reasonably consistent (there should not be any quick changes in the flex over a few degrees). In particular, the direction of the long axis of the board needs some flex.
  13. I completely agree with 1-3 and never tested 4 and 5 (I fixed your numbering) Did you have any thoughts on edge change effort and speed? What about slow speed turn initiation on cat tracks and such? I find it requires more effort to switch edges and I lose a bit of edge change quickness with the plates on. I also find slow speed initiation to be a bit more difficult (though nothing like an isolation plate). I generally ride good snow and prefer riding without Geckos. If I had to ride bumped up snow I would probably accept the added weight trade off and use them. I wish they didn't trap so much snow under them.
  14. This is good advice for someone starting out. ^ It sounds like your boots are probably pretty soft? Do they have a spring system to control the forward flex or the ability to install one? A spring system that allows you to flex your ankles easy could go a long way to making you feel more comfortable. As you improve, you can stiffen them up as needed. The harder you can push your gear, the stiffer you will want it to be, but for now, especially for all mountain riding, softer flexing gear will be better. As I believe has been mentioned, a newer AM board could really help too for all mountain riding.
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